March 13, 2012

Our precious ones

Here I have promised to you will share with you our last meetings with children that we had. I am very excited and I rejoice about that, what the Lord does.How He is good to us and also blesses!

At first I will begin about a trip we make every Friday, to children with special needs. Undoubtedly children were VERY glad a meeting and couldn't wait already when we will begin. The class was full children, was a rather little to sit, as there were no enough places, some sat on a floor, but all were glad the meeting.

This meeting was a little unusual and differed from all. It would be desirable to make something unusual and to surprise children. As we should tell a Bible story about prophet Ilija and about all his acts and miracles. I have decided that the Bible history will be told not by me or sisters but a raven. Many of you know that ravens fed Elijah in days of famine and brought to him meat and bread."And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook." (1 Kings17:6) It would be desirable to diversify a lesson and consequently raven told story.

We searched a toy raven some weeks in all shops, markets and everywhere where only it was possible. Unfortunately we haven't found and it was necessary to do it by ourself. By means of knitted threads, chenille stems, wiggle eyes and a bow on a head it has turned out such interesting raven. 

Certainly she hasn't turned out which we to herself her(she was girl) represented, but has quitted very funny. :) As raven croaks.In Ukraine it`s karkat`. We named her "Karkarona". It was such joy to children and laughed at her name. You would see with what attention they listened to the story of ours Karkarona! In the class there was surprising silence! Children with such attention listened about prophet Ilija! We were delighted that have achieved result! Children so have fallen in love with our "guest" that in the end of meeting some of them approached and stroked her trying to talk with her.It was funny to observe on children. :)

But before the history, children have started to do a craft, raven. In the beginning we talked and asked kids, what the raven eats, where he lives etc. and was our preparatory part to history. As the craft was from paper plates. Children have colored it in black color.

How we didn't try to notify them that they would try worked over the work accurately, all the same some of them were soiled in black color and looked very funny and cute. Now I am sorry that haven't made a picture. It was ridiculous and amusing. :))) Children enjoyed and excited their work very much!

Well. When we have approached to that part of history where a  widow woman from Zarephath fed Ilija. We wanted to bless orphans with meal also.
Nadya has cooked pancakes on a flour and oil. When we gave them, we have told, imagine that each of you are prophet Ilija, and the widow is Nadya that feeds you. It was very exciting moment.

You would see with which pleasure and joy they ate it and asked still! Tell you a little secret. Nadya cooks very tasty and delicious!Shhhh! Do not tell her that.  :)  She is such wonderful and great cook and blessing for all of us.We enjoy her cooking very much! Her came up to cook such tasty pancakes only with a flour and oil. It was such great joy to children. There was so much pleasure and delight!

When we have played at one game, could study with children a Bible verse.
  "For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth." (1 Kings17:14)

One part of children hid meat drawings at room, where words of a verse were written. Other part of children were crows who looked for this food and should bring it, feed the prophet. Nadia was Elijah prophet. Children brought all words of a verse to her. Children were excited VERY much by this game!
It was so much fun when children looked for "meat".

After that children have continued to work over their projects. They have glued a beak to raven, wiggle eyes, bird arms, the Bible verse to a beak.It was such BIG joy to children very much that raven could move his wings! As they are attached by the brads.
They were excited SO very much and spoke, look my raven can fly!

Look at them.Are not they sweet and precious?
We were very glad to see happy kids.So happy and with full heart of joy we came back to homes.

Next day we could visit another orphanage where we also  spent time with children.
This time here we spoke about the first king in Israel, Saul.

Children very much rejoiced to play game where they could be a king. They said the desires that they would make if they were a king.After this game, Nadya has told them a Bible story how God chose Saul to be first king. (1 Samuel 9-10)

We played game to solidify their knowledge of Bible history about Saul. Also played game to study the Bible verse and we sang a lot. Children very strongly liked a song about Samuel that we have studied last time. They sing it with such joy and pleasure.

Also Sasha and Lyuba could have a meeting with teenagers, sharing the Gospel with them.They had a great time also!

 When we came back home, we have very much frozen because waited the bus about 40 minutes. Our brother Misha was in Russia with the father still. We recalled, laughed and dreamed that would reach home much faster, each of us dreamed of acceptance of a heat bath and hot tea. :) Though we have been dressed warmly, but we were chilled so strongly that couldn't move. We thought that we will be ill. But thanks God we all are live and healthy. The glory to the Lord that He keeps us safe from illnesses and different troubles!

 But we are SO glad and happy to visit orphans and to bring them pleasure, hope and love. To give our warm and gentle words, to give our tender hugs and time, that it is NOTHING in comparison of what as apostle Paul suffered in different travels and in his life.

 11:23 "Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 
 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 
11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 
11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches."
(2 Corinthians 11: 23-28) KJV

But here I would love to stop on the important thing.In this orphanage as in EVERY orphanage children have a big trouble with shoes. The snow melts now and children have very worn out shoes which has different holes.
They try to sew and recover footwear, but it - is enough of it only within several days. And as a result the footwear becomes improper more. Feet of children are wet for a long time.The wet footwear dries throughout several days. Besides that they have useless and worn footwear out, all of them have no replaceable footwear there.It`s catastrophe!
Our hearts are broken...It`s very heavy and heartbreaking situation.Children have not shoes to wear.

Here is a picture of the broken sole that is stitched by threads. Whether will suffice it on long in wet and still cold weather???

We ask you to pray, that the Lord has provided this need, has shown His love and care of orphans.If you can, please, send shoes to those who need it.Or donate, we can buy that here, probably it will be even cheaper than send. We can scan and send a copy of bill for shoes in personal e-mail.That is no problem.But most, we ask you to pray for children.God will provide shoes.Thank you so much!!!


  1. I think that the children will definitely remember Elijah. Very cute craft and pancakes. We'll be praying for those sweet children. I'm sure your visits mean a lot to them!


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